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National Semiconductor Presents Awards to Innovative Teachers Using the Internet Effectively in Classrooms

Their Students Are Using the Web to Study Creeks, Learn Phonics, Get Involved in Community

Oct 24, 2001

October 24, 2001 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) has announced the winners of its fourth annual Internet Innovator Awards.  Funded through its charitable foundation, National presented the awards to 19 teachers recognizing the effective ways they are using the Internet in their classrooms.

Winning teachers or teams for the regional Internet Innovator Awards received $10,000 for their personal use, and their schools were awarded $20,000 to spend on technology training.  A panel of judges comprised of experts in instructional technology evaluated the teachers' projects. 

The regional Internet Innovator Award winners are from California, Texas and Maine --states where National has major facilities.  The winning teachers and their projects are:
- Dana A. Eaton from Searles Elementary School (Union City): "Searles Kindergarten Zoo Peer Tutor Partnership"
- Jodi A. Edwards-Wright from Santa Teresa High School (San Jose): "180 Days Around the World 12th Grade World Literature Course" 
- Timothy D. Krieger from Monta Vista High School (Cupertino): "Biological Product Development Project for AP Biology Students" 
- Eric J. Thiel from Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton): "Project Creek Watch"

- Allison S. Brown from Memorial Middle School (South Portland): "MESSAGE (Maine ESL Students Succeed in Advancing Global English)" 
- Stephen S. Carey from Jordan Acres Elementary School (Brunswick): "Wolf Recovery in Maine"
- Suzanne M. Filippone and Wendy Harrington from Berwick Academy (South Berwick): "Poetic Voices: Online Coffee House" 
- Gina A. Jandreau from Madawaska Elementary School (Madawaska): "Madawaska Elementary Presents: Conserving Salmon"
- Pender A. Kimball from Fred C. Wescott Junior High School (Westbrook): "The Kindness CREWsade: Multi-Disciplinary Service Learning Project" 
- Helen W. McAlpin and Joanne L. Gauley from Jack Memorial School (Buxton): "Come with Us to Visit - Virtual Tide Pools and Beyond"

- Nancy E. Males from Mansfield High School (Mansfield): "What's My Line? The Chemistry Career Connection"

In addition to presenting awards to teachers from schools surrounding the company's major facilities, National also presented three awards through the company's first U.S.-wide Internet Innovator Awards program.  The teachers (or teaching teams) in these categories --one high school, one middle school and one elementary school-- won $10,000 awards for their use and $15,000 awards for their schools.  The U.S. Internet Innovator Awards are:
Elementary School
- Kay A. Jackson and Karen A. Guerrero from Oak Tree Elementary (Gilbert, Arizona): "Footprints in the Desert"

Middle School
- Edward T. Shy, Carole L. Hamilton and Matthew K. Gardzina from Cary Academy (Cary, North Carolina): "Virtual Crystal Palace Museum"

High School
- Michael A. Goldstein from Tamalpais High School (Mill Valley, Calif.): "Our Towns Community Service Learning Project: Discovering Our Past, Shaping Our Future"

To date, National has provided over $1.5 million to teachers and their schools through the Internet Innovator Awards program.  The awards program is one component of the company's multi-million dollar Internet Training Initiative for teachers and includes Global Connections, a leader-led training course showing teachers how to use the Internet to enhance their curriculum, and Global Connections Online, a free, Web-based course.  Global Connections Online, www.nsglobalonline.com, enables teachers anywhere in the world to log on and obtain Internet training.

National makes integrated circuits for information appliances that access the Internet such as set-top boxes, thin clients and portable Web-access devices.  The company established the initiative when studies revealed a critical need for teacher training in technology.

Next year's regional Internet Innovator Awards will be presented in Fall 2002, and teachers may apply now through July 7.  Visit www.national.com/training/ for more information on the program and the application process.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com